Andrew Willoughby sentenced to life for killing 11-year-old boy Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

In June of 2018, 37-year-old Andrew Willoughby was convicted of the 2012 murder of primary school student, 11-year-old Daniel Matura, who was killed during a shooting between two rival gangs. Following this incident, Willoughby was charged with murder. He was sentenced on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 before Justice Marilyn Williams, who sentenced him to life imprisonment with the eligibility of parole after serving 25 years from which seven years, which he has spent on remand, were deducted.

Matura was shot and killed on the morning of May 21, 2012 after the incident on Central American Boulevard. Police evidence showed that Willoughby drew a firearm and fired shots in the direction of Brandon Taylor, a well-known criminal figure, and a second man. Willoughby missed his intended targets and caught Matura’s heart and hand, causing him to die almost immediately.

During Willoughby’s murder trial in June 2018, the Crown, represented by Rene Montero, called as many as 12 witnesses to the stand but it was the testimony of three police officers that helped to seal the conviction against Willoughby. Willoughby gave a dock statement in which he claimed to be at home along with his girlfriend at the time of the incident. Also according to Willoughby, he was forced to admit shooting the victim after police officers beat him up. They allegedly also promised that he would be able to attend his brother-in-law’s funeral if he gave the statement. As the evidence unfolded in the trial, it was noticed that he gave the statement on May 22, 2012 while his brother-in-law’s funeral took place on May 21, 2012. As a result, Justice Marilyn Williams found his statement hard to believe and the statement was used as evidence against him, placing him at the scene of the murder.